Extraordinary People [LITTLE MAN TATE]

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Published on 25 Oct 1991 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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1000 Pieces Of Gold

Based on a true story, Nancy Kelly’s fascinating American independent feature, written by Anne Makepeace and set in the 1880s, portrays a beautiful young Chinese woman (Rosalind Chao) sold into slavery by her destitute father and auctioned off in San Francisco to a mule skinner, who purchases her for a saloon keeper in a mining town in the northern Rockies. She and the mule skinner fall in love en route to their destination, but he delivers her to the saloon keeper nonetheless, and the ensuing story, with dialogue in Cantonese as well as English, depicts the woman’s courage and resourcefulness in creating a life for herself (1990). (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1991 in Featured Texts, by admin

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The Mark

Without being a masterpiece, this 1961 British drama about a former child molester (Stuart Whitman) trying to make a fresh start after a prison term is an example of intelligent and compassionate liberal filmmaking that seems especially rare nowadayswhich suggests that it warrants a second look. Whitman received an Oscar nomination for his performance, but the usually overwrought Rod Steiger may be even better in the low-key part of the hero’s sympathetic psychiatrist; Maria Schell is effective as well. Thoughtfully written by Sidney Buchman and Stanley Mann, and not at all badly directed by Guy Green. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1991 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Mandabi

The great Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene directed this 1968 feature about a poor man who receives a money order in the mail but whose attempts to cash it are thwarted by the bureaucratic elite. In Wolof with subtitles. 90 min. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1991 in Featured Texts, by admin

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